Veneto has the distinction of being the most visited region in Italia.

Once the area known as the Venetian Republic, La Dominante (the Dominant), the maritime trading power that linked the East with Europe, Veneto now offers the traveler exceptional destinations such as Venezia (Venice), La Serenissima (the Serene One), the regional capital, and held by many to be the most beautiful city in the world, and her regional sisters, Verona, Padova (Padua) and Vicenza.

Bounded on the north by Trentino-Alto Adige and Austria, on the east by Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the Adriatic Sea, the south by Emilia-Romagna, and to the west by Lombardia; Veneto would be dramatically shaped by Romans,

Ostrogoths, Byzantines, and the Lombards until necessity would birth the floating city that would grow into a republic. The Venetian Republic would last more than a thousand years before Napoleon would bring it to an end in the late 18th C.

A walking tour of Venice (118 islands and 400+ bridges) with a guide capable of sharing the progression from, a marshy temporary refuge from barbarian invaders, to the uniquely governed, wealthy republic, is a fascinating journey; a journey worth the effort. Few who see Venice can ever forget the haunting elegance and weathered beauty.

Verona, a World Heritage Site and a city famous to travelers as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, has a wealth of Roman and Medieval architecture. The Roman amphitheater (1C. AD), now

referred to as the Arena, hosts an annual open air opera series each summer.

Padova (Padua), one of Italy's oldest cities (12 C. BC) and according to tradition founded by a Trojan prince (Virgil's Aeneid), is the birth place of the famous architect Andrea Palladio. The university in Padova (13 C. AD) has a distinguished place in western academia with former professors such as Copernicus and Galileo.

Vicenza, rich recipient of many Palladian masterworks including the Teatro Olimpico (oldest enclosed theater in the world) and the surrounding Palladian Villas of the Veneto are designated a World Heritage Site.